Touch of gold

Kim and Tom Turner’s Peterbilt is leased to Southern Pride.

With temperatures on the Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza blacktop soaring above 110 degrees, contestants in the 24th annual Shell Rotella T SuperRigs contest had more to worry about than polishing their rigs.

Tom and Kim Turner, whose tan and gold 1995 Peterbilt 379 won Best of Show at the 2005 SuperRigs as well as Best of Show Combination at the 2005 Overdrive Pride & Polish, measured temperatures nearing 120 degrees as they polished their rig. “We were up here two weeks ago and it was 70 degrees,” Kim said. “It’s not supposed to be this hot.”

In the midst of polishing, Tom was overcome by the heat and forced into the comfort of his air-conditioned sleeper. But beating the heat was worth it for the duo from Cynthiana, Ky., who are leased to Southern Pride: Their truck, El Dorado, was Best of Show again.

The contest also featured first-time winners such as Mike Maggini, whose 1998 Peterbilt 379 daycab hauls hay to and from muddy pastures but looks to be showroom quality. “We definitely get off the road,” said Maggini, who carries a photo album with images of the truck stuck in the mud or being pulled from farm fields.

The show’s winners were:

BEST OF SHOW

  1. Tom and Kim Turner, 1995 Peterbilt 379
  2. First runner-up: Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL
  3. Second runner-up: Mike Maggini, 1998 Peterbilt 379

CLASSIC

  1. Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar
  2. Shawn Hood, 1994 Peterbilt 362 cabover
  3. Richard Jimenez, 1994 Peterbilt 379
  4. Bill Pierce, 1986 Peterbilt 359
  5. Chuck Prigge, 1996 Peterbilt 379

TRACTOR-TRAILER

  1. Clint Dicks, 2000 Peterbilt 379
  2. Pat Eilen, 2006 Peterbilt 379
  3. Dustin Foster, 2000 Peterbilt 379
  4. Bill Sandvik, 1998 Peterbilt 379
  5. Frank Alves, 1995 Peterbilt 379

TRACTOR

  1. Cory Radtke, 2004 Peterbilt 379
  2. Darlene Swift, 2000 Freightliner Classic
  3. Greg Ragan, 2006 Peterbilt 379
  4. Zach Zayas, 2004 Peterbilt 379
  5. Richard Hay, 2000 Peterbilt 357

CHROME
Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar

MURAL
Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL

THEME
Tom and Kim Turner, 1995 Peterbilt 379

LIGHTS
Clint Dicks, 2000 Peterbilt 379

INTERIOR
Bob and Shelley Brinker, 2000 Freightliner Classic XL

ENGINE
Mike Maggini, 1998 Peterbilt 379

PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Jerry Howard, 1954 Autocar


2007 CALENDAR
Shell’s 2007 SuperRigs Calendar will be available in October, free with purchase of a Shell Rotella T oil change at participating facilities. The calendar also will be available at Shell distributors. It will feature:

  • Pat Eilen, 2006 Peterbilt 379
  • Wayne Baker, 2002 Peterbilt 379
  • Cory Radtke, 2004 extended hood Peterbilt
  • Dale and James Johnson, 2006 extended hood Peterbilt 379
  • Dustin Foster, 2000 Peterbilt 379
  • Darlene Swift, 2000 Freightliner Classic
  • Bill Sandvik, 1998 Peterbilt 379
  • Truett Novosad and Randy Supak, 2001 Peterbilt 379
  • Joseph Tartaglia, 2003 Kenworth W900L
  • Les Sullivan, 2003 Western Star 4964 EX
  • Melvin and Mike Maggini, 1998 extended hood Peterbilt 379
  • Jerry Howard and Steve Perry, 1954 Autocar DC75
  • Greg Ragan, 2006 Peterbilt 379
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